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Sponsors: August 9, 2011 | Edited by Jim Butschli

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Pharmaceutical glass vial accumulation converts mass-flow to single file

Video shows Garvey's pharmaceutical vial accumulator/single-file conveyor system convert from mass flow to single-file vials. Tray load infeeds shown.


New Split Hopper technology speeds changeover for auger filling lines

Video from Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery shows actual changeover of a new type of so-called split hopper auger filler. Stainless steel split hopper system that allows fast and simple product changeover, cleanup and maintenance. The end result is a significant decrease in both labor costs and equipment downtime.

Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery

High-speed secondary packaging line for cosmetic jars at 120/min

atch this video of a state-of-the-art cosmetics packaging line from Bergami for cosmetics jars at 120/min. Complete line includes booklet feeder, robotic pick-and-place cartoner, high-speed overwrapper, lid stamping, carton closing, and positive transfer to downstream equipment.

Bergami USA

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How healthcare packaging professionals are using iPads for business

A new survey reveals how healthcare packaging professionals are using iPads and tablets for accessing packaging media. The explosive growth of iPads-and its projected trajectory over the next few years-will profoundly impact both publishers and readers alike. David Newcorn, Summit Media Group's VP/Digital and Custom Media, believes the iPad will be as revolutionary to media as the Web was when it first erupted in the mid 90's.

Tags: Apple

Depot system makes reusable cold chain shipping smart and green

Intelligent Thermal Solutions, LLC won two 2011 Greener Package Awards in the Secondary/Large-Format Packaging category: Environmental Impact and Innovator of the Year. Its innovation rests in taking existing refrigerated container technology for temperature-critical shipments and pairing it with a "depot"-style logistics system to create a viable sustainable alternative for cold-chain shipping. Intelligent Thermal Solutions' 36-liter ultra-rugged EcoTherm™ ATA R36 refrigerated shipper features several patented technologies that allow the container to maintain an internal temperature of 2ºC to 8ºC for five days, while using less material than a typical cold-chain shipper, and it can be reused up to 100 times.

Tags: Cold chain; Shipping system; Greener Package Awards

Combination products, with a nutraceutical twist

Micheal Drues, Ph.D. and president of Grafton, MA-based Vascular Sciences, is confident that combinations of biologics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and nutraceuticals will virtually revolutionize medical treatment in the coming years. The uncertainties: How will such products be packaged-or do they need to be-and how will the medical profession educate regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food & Drug Administration about them so that companies will be encouraged to develop combination products. That was a primary theme in Drues' presentation, "New Developments in Combination Products and Working with the FDA" at the Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops event in Princeton, NJ.

Tags: Vascular Sciences; Combination Products; FDA; Nutraceuticals; Sterilization

Johnson & Johnson announces sustainability roadmap

Johnson & Johnson unveiled its Healthy Future 2015, a five-year sustainability roadmap that encompasses the company's citizenship goals, which include packaging. As part of its Healthy Future 2015 sustainability efforts, Johnson & Johnson aims to increase the sustainable design of all its products and measure its efforts by evaluating all of its new products and packaging for sustainability improvements. The effort also calls for 60 products and packaging to achieve J&J's Earthwards™ designation, which the company gives to products that demonstrate significant improvements in their environmental footprint.

Tags: Johnson & Johnson; Sustainability

Counterfeit pharmaceuticals and food threaten innovation

Just last year, global sales of anti-counterfeiting packaging technologies were worth $64 billion. That value is projected to reach $74.2 billion in 2015, after increasing at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3%. The forecast comes from BCC Research LLC. The publisher of market research reports and technical publications breaks down anti-counterfeiting packaging technologies into track and trace and authentication. In 2010, track-and-trace technologies were valued at $31.7 billion, and should be worth $36.5 billion by 2015. Authentication technologies were worth $32.4 billion in 2010 and will be valued at $37.7 billion in 2015.

Tags: BCC Research; Anti-counterfeiting

INTERPACK VIDEO: Inever's new pharma liquid stick pack machine

Multi-lane stick pack machine model PH600 from Inever is built to GMP rules and ideal for cough syrups, mouthwashes and other liquid healthcare products. Laminar air flow controls contamination and UV lamps kill bacteria on film. CIP, SIP. Inever has standardized on B&R automation across its entire product line.

NEW Products


Biopharmaceutical pack

BioShell™ Suspension Pack is a next-generation method of protecting single-use biopharmaceutical bags with a universal storage container that protects contents within a cushion of air. Bags placed inside this pack are enveloped tightly in a durable film that suspends products within a polycarbonate shell. Film absorbs shocks during impact, preventing damage to the bag by eliminating contact with the outer shell.

UFP Technologies, Inc.


Small-volume dispensing device

The i-FILL(r) Micro is a small-volume dispensing device that combines the precision of a piston pump with the disposable convenience of a peristaltic pump, which is increasingly critical in regulated filling (pharma/bio manufacturing) environments. Single-use, disposable kits are available for conserving water.

intelliTECH, Inc.

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